Exploring the usefulness of structural–functional approaches to analyse governance of planning systems

Potts, Ruth, Vella, Karen, Dale, Allan and Sipe, Neil (2016) Exploring the usefulness of structural–functional approaches to analyse governance of planning systems. Planning Theory, 15 2: 162-189. doi:10.1177/1473095214553519


Author Potts, Ruth
Vella, Karen
Dale, Allan
Sipe, Neil
Title Exploring the usefulness of structural–functional approaches to analyse governance of planning systems
Journal name Planning Theory   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1473-0952
1741-3052
Publication date 2016-05
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1473095214553519
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 15
Issue 2
Start page 162
End page 189
Total pages 28
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Abstract Existing planning theories tend to be limited in their analytical scope and often fail to account for the impact of many interactions between the multitudes of stakeholders involved in strategic planning processes. Although many theorists rejected structural–functional approaches from the 1970s, this article argues that many of structural–functional concepts remain relevant and useful to planning practitioners. In fact, structural–functional approaches are highly useful and practical when used as a foundation for systemic analysis of real-world, multi-layered, complex planning systems to support evidence-based governance reform. Such approaches provide a logical and systematic approach to the analysis of the wider governance of strategic planning systems that is grounded in systems theory and complementary to existing theories of complexity and planning. While we do not propose its use as a grand theory of planning, this article discusses how structural–functional concepts and approaches might be applied to underpin a practical analysis of the complex decision-making arrangements that drive planning practice, and to provide the evidence needed to target reform of poorly performing arrangements.
Keyword Analysis
Complex systems
Governance
Planning
Structural-functionalism
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management Publications
 
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